UPCOMING LIFE CHANGES: GETTING READY FOR UNIVERSITY!

So in the space of two weeks I moved to university in Epsom where I’m studying Fashion Journalism. That is one of the most exhilarating, exciting, scary, ridiculous and utterly fabulous sentences I’ve ever really written about myself. For me, uni has always been something that I’ve never really been all that interested in. The career path I want to go down (fashion journalism) doesn’t actually require a degree; more so experience. But I applied for uni anyway not even all that confident that I would even be accepted; but my school kind of forced the application process on us (because it clearly makes them look better the more of us that get into uni) and so I went along with it, not COMPLETELY keen with the idea, but not knowing what else I would do at that point. So I applied to three places, was invited to interviews and created portfolios (with one helluva fiasco involving my whole portfolio and a broken motherboard ONE WEEK before my interview at my first choice university!!!)

The universities I applied to were:

– The University for the Creative Arts – BA Hons Fashion Journalism
This was my first choice uni, I went to the open day and really felt a good “vibe” from it, the course looked perfect and the points expectation weren’t that high, which was appealing. (I only need a minimum of 240 points or three C’s at A Level)

– Southampton Solent University – BA Hons Writing Fashion and Culture
This was my second choice uni, I really liked it; the course leader was really friendly, the uni had a nice atmosphere and it was centrally located. However it was a looooong way from home which is why it was my second choice.

– Northbrook College – BA Hons Fashion Media and Promotion
I was offered a place at this uni which I ultimately declined. The course seemed fine, but it wasn’t a proper university, just a college with some degree level courses. It was situated in a sleepy-town and had no student accommodation, it was also a looooong way from home.

So to cut a long story short, as I mentioned earlier, I declined my place at Northbrook and had UCA as my first choice with Solent as my second choice with an unconditional offer from UCA. I always planned on taking a gap year out of education to earn money, gain CV recognition and also gain self esteem and come into myself more. School kind of took the life out of me and I needed a break to become more of myself. So having taken that gap year I can now fully vouch for the fact that I am a much more confident person than I was a year ago, much more motivated and emotionally stronger than I ever thought I could be.

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So now I’ve been at uni for a week. What are my first thoughts?

Well…. The run-up to the “big day” (i.e moving day) wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it’d be. At this point, I was really looking forward to going to uni to actually study and gain a degree in something that I absolutely love. As of right now I feel very motivated and excited with, I’m not going to lie, a bit of anxiety mixed in! The first 5 days of being here I suffered with really bad nausea; to the point where even standing up was vomit-inducing. Luckily, all traces of my vomit and pre-vomit have disappeared and I can now enjoy my first weekend as a student! (Sadly, no alcohol for me!)

As much as I miss home comforts such as the security of having my parents around, home cooked meals (!!!), my bed, familiar surroundings and a job with a steady pay; I really do love the idea of living (semi) independently. I’m loving the course, made some cool new fwends, and living 30 mins away from London is a MASSIVE bonus!

Any comments or questions about my course, other fashion-related courses or just uni in general, just leave below or drop me an e-mail! I’d be more than happy to help in such a tiresome and stress-ridden process!

xoxo

p.s. I apologise for the long rambling post!!

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OUTFIT OF THE DAY

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Hat: Bought on Capri.
Glasses: Polo Ralph Lauren at Vision Express.
Necklace: Vivienne Westwood.
Blazer: Zara.
T-Shirt: H&M.
Jeans: All Saints
Boots: All Saints (view/buy them here)
Bracelets: From a selection from Accessorize.
Lipstick: Maybelline ColorSensational in 902 Fuchsia Flash.

PRINTED JEANS MANIA!

Printed jeans have become such a huge deal over the past few seasons and right now the trend is at it’s peak. The thing about jeans in general is that they are such a staple in (almost) anyone’s wardrobe (Daphne Guinness aside) and oh-so easily accessible. As for printed jeans, both the high street and high end market have some amazing versions, most of which will suit anyone with an ounce of flair. My own collection of printed jeans is in itself, extensive, and they’re always great conversation starters from people who love them, people who hate them and people who “don’t get” them. I for one love them, and for what my opinion is worth, feel that printed jeans will always be fab. Rest assured, I’ll be rocking printed skinnies when I’m in my 60s.

I tried to find my favourite 10 pairs of printed jeans on the internet and finally found them, after much umming and erring over deciding which ones to include (as there are easily about 76 pairs I could’ve chosen). I’ll put links in the captions so you can go ahead and purchase them too!

Stars & stripes! Selfridges have an amazing selection of jeans with their new jeans boutique! These are by Tripp NYC and are priced at £70. Buy them here:http://www.selfridges.com/en/Womenswear/Categories/BOUTIQUES/Holiday-Shop/City-escape/What-to-Wear/Stars-and-Stripes-print-skinny-mid-rise-jeans_150-3003037-IS9914P/?previewAttribute=Stars%2F+stripes

Stars & stripes! Selfridges have an amazing selection of jeans with their new jeans boutique! These are by Tripp NYC and are priced at £70. Buy them here.

These will go with anything! Black and white houndstooth jeans by Isabel Marant, £205 Net-A-Porter. Click here.

These will go with anything! Black and white houndstooth jeans by Isabel Marant, £205 Net-A-Porter.
Click here.

Kate Moss was seen wearing these earlier this week in London, I think they're really cool. They're by Paige, £260 Net-A-Porter. Click here.

Kate Moss was seen wearing these earlier this week in London, I think they’re really cool. They’re by Paige, £260 Net-A-Porter.
Click here.

Geo-fabulous jeans by Balenciaga at Matches, £515. Click here.

Geo-fabulous jeans by Balenciaga at Matches, £515. Click here.

These are my favourites by Current/Elliott. £240 from Harvey Nichols, click here.

These are my favourites by Current/Elliott. £240 from Harvey Nichols, click here.

 

How cute are these by Kenzo?! Love! £295 at Luisaviaroma, click here.

How cute are these eye print jeans by Kenzo?! Love! £295 at Luisaviaroma, click here.

 

At the more "easily wearable" end of the printed jeans spectrum, these skinnies will go with anything and are so easy. They're by Siwy at Farfetch, £183. Click here.

At the more “easily wearable” end of the printed jeans spectrum, these skinnies will go with anything and are so easy. They’re by Siwy at Farfetch, £183. Click here.

This tribal print is fab! Current/Eliott jeans, £213, Farfetch. Click here.

This tribal print is fab! Current/Eliott jeans, £213, Farfetch. Click here.

Ab fab, I love the panelling detailing. Current/Elliott £116, The Outnet. Click here.

Ab fab, I love the panelling detailing. Current/Elliott £116, The Outnet. Click here.

 

So preppy and cool! I'd love to see these with a neon blazer. Tory Burch, £72.50, The Outnet. Click here.

So preppy and cool! I’d love to see these with a neon blazer. Tory Burch, £72.50, The Outnet. Click here.

So there is my top 10 favourite printed jeans! I apologize that they’re all in a big looooooooong column, WordPress was playing silly beggars with me. The thrill about printed jeans is that they can be dressed up with heels and a blazer and tons of jewelery, dressed down in the winter with biker boots, thick socks and a scarf or thrown on in the summer with the cuffs rolled up and a pair of Havaianas.

Let me know where you stand on printed jeans! Which ones are your favourites?

PHOTOS: MY HOLIDAY IN ALCUDIA.

I had such a fab time in Alcudia, Majorca that I thought I’d share my Instagram photos on here! I stayed at the Hotel Maritimo in Playa de Muro which I would highly recommend if you are looking on going for a relaxing break there. The hotel was great, food was amazing and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful or attentive.

Here’s a small collage of photos from my week in Alcudia, 27th June – 4th July. I’ll do another post on the things I bought whilst I was there!

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THE BODY SHOP HAUL.

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A couple of weeks ago The Body Shop were doing a deal on their website for £30 off a £60 spend and, as someone that easily falls for this marketing nonsense, I talked my mum into buying some products with me to soften the blow (a tiny bit). Now, first off, I wouldn’t have even gone on The Body Shop website if it hadn’t have been for EssieButton on YouTube who recently posted a video of her Body Shop haul, but she’s always just so honest and true with her reviewing that I decided to browse… Totally without the intention of spending, but hey-ho, they had an offer!

I have oily-combination skin that is prone to acne on my chin and neck which I absolutely HATE with a passion. I have tried tons and tons and TONS of producs to try and help but nothing seems to work. I bought the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser, I’ve used it a few times, both morning and night, and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and smooth, the only downside to it is that I personally HATE the smell of tea tree, my mum loves it and says that for her it’s the cleanest smell out there, but I can’t stand it! But it won’t stop me using the product as I feel like my skin has had a complete refresh.

Along with that I bought the Tea Tree Face Mask which I have to be honest, I didn’t really notice much difference in my skin after using it. It felt like it had been “deep cleaned” but I don’t know whether it had actually helped my skin in any way. It has to be said though that I have only used this once so I’m probably not giving it a fair review…

However, I have used the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask and I noticed a huuuuge difference in my skin after using it. As you put the mask on and let it dry you can (kind of grossly) see all the pores and impurities literally lifting through the mask! I left it on for about 10-15 minutes and when I washed it off, my skin felt so beautifully smooth and my pores were visibly reduced, I would go as far to say that I don’t even know if I’ve ever seen my skin look as good as it did when I removed this face mask. I love this product!

The Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator is another product from the seaweed range that I would definitely re-purchase, it smells divine (like all of the seaweed products by The Body Shop, they all just smell so fresh and clean) and it’s an exfoliator that’s not too rough that it leaves your skin raw after washing it off, but it definitely gets rid of the stuff you want it to get rid of. It leaves my skin feeling super-soft and I love it!

The other product from the seaweed range that I purchased was the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream and while I really feel like it puts life back into my skin after it has been cleansed, scrubbed and exfoliated, I don’t think it does much on the mattifying front. Perhaps that is just due to my considerably oily skin type, but I didn’t notice a difference in the amount of time my skin stayed oil-free for. I would however consider buying the Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 because this does seem to have the added bonus of SPF coverage.

The last product I bought was the Shea Lip Butter and I really love this! Although my face is extremely oily, my lips have always been on the other end of the spectrum at super dry. Everyday I will use a balm or butter on my lips underneath my lipstick to keep them hydrated and to avoid (as much as I can) that awful dry, cracked effect that your lipstick clings to leaving it patchy and weird-looking. I also find that some lip balms make your lips even more dry. This lip butter however really works! I can wear it by itself or underneath a lipstick or gloss. The only thing is that it doesn’t have an SPF in it which makes me a little crazy, I hope they reconsider this because involving an SPF in this “situation” would give this product full marks!

 

Overall, I have been extremely impressed with my purchases from The Body Shop, I haven’t really been as impressed with the Tea Tree Face Mask as I would’ve liked, but I will continue to use it as my opinion may change! However I will definitely head back and buy more from the seaweed range as I can’t seem to say enough good things about it!

I hope this hasn’t been too much of a long-winded and overly-boring blog post, I just wanted to say everything that I wanted to say about these products in one place!

FEEL SO ANGRY AT MYSELF.

So today is the 3rd June and would’ve been the day I’d be heading down to London for Graduate Fashion Week. Unfortunately I am too ill to attend 😦 I am so devastated and annoyed at myself for some reason that I can’t help. I’d do anything to be feeling well enough to be able to spend the day at Earl’s Court (looking fabulous) and eyeing up all the new fashion talent, but instead I am stuck at home nursing myself back to health. Last night I had two glasses of white wine (weak with lemonade in it) and today I woke up so so soooo sick that I couldn’t handle it. I’ve always known that I’m a lightweight but I’ve never been this bad! We started to travel to London but had to stop not even 10 minutes in so that I could throw up in the street (smooth Hannah, smoooooth), and I knew that I just wouldn’t be able to handle an hour’s car journey and then the tubes.

Turns out I’m actually allergic to alcohol and it poisons by body every time I consume it. That sucks so bad, HOW AM I GOING TO SURVIVE UNI BEING ALLERGIC TO ALCOHOL???!!!!

I want to thank UCA so so so so so much for my GFW tickets, I am so grateful that I was picked, even though I am unable to attend. I hope everyone at UCA Rochester and Epsom kicks ass, as I’m sure they will, and I hope everyone in attendance has a great time!

I’M GOING TO GRADUATE FASHION WEEK!

I was lucky enough to receive VIP Graduate Fashion Week tickets for the UCA Epsom show!

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I received them through the uni that I will attend in September, The University for the Creative Arts and I couldn’t be more excited! Graduate Fashion Week is THE event and only major showcase for graduates in the world, making it one of the most exciting fashion events of the year! I love seeing new up and coming talent and what could be newer or fresher than someone straight out of uni?

The exhibition includes talks from Mary Katrantzou, Henry Holland, Imran Ahmed, Susie Bubble; Industry experts such as Melanie Rickey, designers from Debenhams, PR experts and tons more speakers on subjects within the industry as widespread as blogging and PR to CV construction and Interview techniques.

The even runs for four days from this Sunday 2nd June through Wednesday 5th June and there are a limited number of tickets for GFW left so hurry over to the website now to secure yours!

CLOTHES SHOW LIVE – YOUNG BLOGGER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION ENTRY 2011

So in November last year, I entered the annual Young Blogger of the Year competition comissioned by Clothes Show Live. The competition title this year was “The top fashion moment of 2011” and we only had 200 words.
I wanted to choose a fashion moment that wasn’t necessarily the most obvious choice. The obvious being that little known (now Duchess) Kate Middleton in that sort-of famous gown designed by that sort-of famous designer Sarah Burton at the sort-of successful and infamous fashion house, Alexander McQueen. Of course, this is me attempting humour and not being so stupid. Well, I hope.
Anyway, below is the blog post, I actually got into the top 5 finalists in the country, so I guess it wasn’t half bad.

The top fashion moment of 2011 – ONE OF 5 FINALISTS.

Pretzel, cat flap, turkey twizzler, toilet seat. If you hadn’t guessed the item of headwear that I’m describing by now, then you were clearly in a coma for the whole of May, June… July… August… (And still now). It’s Princess Beatrice’s Royal Wedding hat of course! The Philip Treacy-designed creation has been possibly THE most talked about hat in, well dare I say forever? However, I’m not here writing about the “catastrophe” to add to the negative headlines. I see the creation as a moment of fashion-rebellion, something in which we all could take note of. Everyone’s perception of beauty is different. Just because something is different and not typically mainstream, doesn’t mean it’s “ugly”. I feel the amount of unnecessary media-bullying that Beatrice received was uncalled for. Going one step further was a Facebook page called: ‘Princess Beatrice’s Ridiculous Wedding Hat’. But then I guess, you know you’ve made it when you have a dedicated Facebook page, so perhaps the hat in question is secretly proud. And so it should be, I’d be proud. However, it’s not all bad. The infamous hat sold for £80,000 all for children’s charities. So I guess Bea won that media battle after all.

(As one of the five finalists, I attended the Clothes Show Live on 6th December 2011)